Straight back in for a second listen, though, and Shame… is probably gonna be my final call.
Great samples for horns and keys on top of a swaggering beat and baseline. Method is tight and punchy. Rae keeps the energy levels high, which weaves the vocal track to the music track nicely, making it a full-fledged piece, rather than it just being ace rapping over a great beat.
Then there’s ODB. Ooooft. On top form here. And throughout the album. I think that, apart from the trademark RZA beats and the general crew/clan vibe, ODB is the totally unique and identifiable element that rises above. His delivery is just incredible. Totally peerless.